- Part of Outdoor Living Skills is learning new skills, but also diligently practicing the skills that you have to continue to improve. This week we are going to track our growth in one particular skill- knot tying!
We use bowlines to attach painter lines to our canoes and create ridgelines for tarps. (Central Quebec Canoe I, 2018)
- You might remember the bowline knot from the tarp set up video from Week #1. Watch your confidence grow as you improve on tying this knot throughout the week and set goals and challenges for yourself. If you master the bowline, think of another outdoor skill you want to continue to develop. Growth and learning is a lifelong practice!
Create an appreciation for repetition and practice leading to growth and master a new skill (tying a bowline knot).
30 minute introduction, plus 30 extra minutes spread throughout the week
Length of rope or string for knot tying practice.
- Watch videos and read instructions about how to tie a bowline (see important references section).
- Set goals for yourself and create a system to keep track of your progress. This could be tally marks or a photo album with pictures of each bowline or a chart describing what you did. Some examples of goals could include:
- Tie a bowline 10, 20, or 100 times.
- Be able to complete the knot without instructions or assistance.
- Tie a bowline in 10 different types of ropes/string. (Be creative here!)
- Tie a bowline with your eyes closed.
- Tie a bowline with your toes!
- Get to practicing and keep track of how many times this week you can successfully tie (and untie) a bowline.
- Bonus activity: Once you have mastered the bowline, think about another outdoor living skill you want to practice throughout the summer, like learning other knots, setting up a tent, building a campfire, getting faster at stuffing your sleeping bag, or washing dishes.
- Here are some other visuals and videos to help you tie a bowline:
- This website can be a great reference for a quick animation of the knot : How to tie a Bowline Knot using Step-by-Step Animations. It can also be a great resource if you want to expand your repertoire and learn other knots.
- If this method is challenging for you, try this other method of tying a bowline: How to tie a Bowline Knot the quick and easy way.
- If you’re interested in trying to tie a bowline with your eyes closed, this video has some helpful techniques: How to Tie a Bowline Knot in the Dark.
- What is another skill you’ve had to practice a lot to improve upon?
- Think about what references helped you learn this knot best. Did the diagram, videos or assistance from a family member help you learn this skill? What does this tell you about what kind of learner you are?
Share with your Community:
Share the funniest way you tied a bowline knot and a picture collage of all the different bowlines tied! Your knots can be shared in our community galleries on the website. Yours could even be published in an end of summer edition of the Chronicle!